The Gandaberunda (also known as the Berunda) is a two-headed mythological bird of Hindu mythology thought to possess magical strength. It is used as the official emblem by the Karnataka government and it is seen as an intricately sculptured motif in Hindu temples.
Its the Hoysala dynasty ! The king in the emblem is Sala ! Hoy in old kannada meant to strike hence the name Hoysala ! And it was King Vishnuvardhana who popularised the folklore. The picture above is the symbol of the Hoysalas at Belur in Karnataka ! And yes Halebidu 16 kms from Beluru was the regal capital of Hoyasala dynasty !
Vānara (Sanskrit: वानर) popularly refers to a group of monkey-like humanoids in the Hindu epic Ramayana who were brave and inquisitive by nature. They possessed supernatural powers and could change their shapes. The term Vanara can be described as forest-dweller (vane carati iti vanara).
Sirin is a mythological creature of Russian legends, with the head and chest of a beautiful woman and the body of a bird (usually an owl). According to myth, the Sirins lived "in Indian lands" near Eden or around the Euphrates River.[
Nandi or Nandin ( Sanskrit: नन्दी), is now universally supposed to be the name for the bull which serves as the mount (Sanskrit: Vahana) of the god Shiva and as the gate keeper of Shiva and Parvati, and in Hindu mythology. He is the chief guru of eight masters including Patanjali and Thirumular. Temples venerating Shiva display stone images of a seated Nandi, generally facing the main shrine. There are also a number of temples dedicated solely to Nandi.